TRAVEL

Antibland Travels { Greenville, South Carolina }

Discovering travel adventures closer to home has been a common trend for many of us during the last year and a half. For me personally, the pandemic has redefined what travel means. Once upon a time, my wanderlust could only be filled by trips that involved long flights, layovers, and being as far as possible from home. I have now learned that travel is a state of mind, no matter where I am.

Our latest family trip to Greenville, South Carolina, is something that would have never happened pre-pandemic. I would have easily written off this destination, which is just about 4-hours from Raleigh, NC, as too similar and not worth the effort. I now know that it is definitely worth the effort and what a loss it would have been to never visit it.

What made Greenville fun for us is that we chose to stay in the city center (downtown) which is bustling with lots of action and things to do. Our three days and three nights were easily filled with good food, lots of walking, and people watching. Holiday decorations, mom and pop stores, the river-walk, and the mountains, all made the whole trip extra charming.

In case you want to explore Greenville in your future travels, here are my recommendations:

STAY

Springhill Suites in downtown Greenville is probably one of the fanciest hotels I have stayed at in a while. I was so surprised with the service, the dΓ©cor, the quality, the room size, and amenities. I mean really surprised. Our studio suite had two queen beds and a queen pull out sofa bed, along with a small kitchenette, a large closet, a large bathroom, and a very nice view. The location is ideal to exploring Main Street, Riverwalk, and several parks and neighborhoods in city center.

Springhill Suites Lobby

EAT

All of these places were kid friendly and all offered outdoor scenic seating.

Methodical Coffee

Passerelle Bistro

Nose Dive @ the Westin

Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse (in the town of Traveler’s Rest on the way to Paris Mountain)

Pizza take out – Belladina’s Pizza

Thai take out – Basil Thai

Foxtrot Wine Company

Pangea Brewing -Brewery and Taproom

Old Europe Desserts

River Street Sweets

DO

Swamp Rabbit Trail and the Children’s Garden under the bridge (We would have liked to bike the whole 22-miles but saving it for when the kids are older)

Ice Rink on Main – seasonal

Mice on Main self guided scavenger hunt (we found 5 of 9; very exciting)

Walk through Vintage Now Modern

M Judson’s Booksellers

Falls Park on the Reedy

Paris Mountain – Sulphur Springs trail is easy with kids

Greenville Zoo (1-mile walk along the river from downtown) (has a great playground outside)

Explore town of Traveler’s Rest: so cool and so small

Falls Park on the Reedy
Falls Park along the Reedy
Falls Park
Passarelle Bistro
Passarelle Bistro
Passarelle Bistro
Passarelle Bistro
Passarelle Bistro
Passarelle Bistro
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse – Traveler’s Rest
Traveler’s Rest
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Children’s Garden, Swamp Rabbit
Pangea Brewing
Pangea Brewing
River walk
River walk
River walk
Walking Along Main Street
M. Judson’s Booksellers
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain
Sulphur Springs Trail – Paris Mountain

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